So it’s raining in Cuenca, Ecuador. (This happens kinda often.)
What is there to do in a wet and cloudy Cuenca?
12 Rainy Day Activities in Cuenca Ecuador
Here are our twelve favorite things to do in Cuenca – on a rainy day.
- Go for Coffee: There are lots of great places to go for coffee. Aside from having a cup of coffee at home, we like Frutilados and Tutto Freddos – both face Parque Calderon.
- Cuenca Orchidarium: This isn’t just for flower lovers – the variety of orchids are impressive. Have you seen the monkey-faced orchid?
- Go for Seafood: There are only few places in the city to get good seafood. Our favorite place in the center is El Sabor De Las Costeñitas. Must try: encebollado mixto (tuna and shrimp soup).
- Casa de la Mujer: See a selection of local handicrafts, including leather, silver, wood, and straw (hats). This isn’t my favorite place, but it isn’t a bad spot to wait out a shower.
- Watch a Movie: Choose from either Mall del Rio or Milenium Plaza and catch a Multicines movie. You’ll be impressed by the quality of these theaters. Mall del Rio also has a bowling alley and two games rooms.
- Visit a Museum: You might consider Banco Central or the Panama Hat Muesum (both on Calle Larga).
- Cajas National Park: It always seems to be raining in the Cajas so it doesn’t really matter when you visit. 🙂
- Study Spanish: Maybe not quite as exciting as the others – but a good rainstorm might be just the time to sit down and start studying. Our favorite way to study is with Pimsleurs via Audible. Read why here.
- Visit Paute or Yunguilla: Both of these areas are known to have a climate distinct from Cuenca’s and are nearby. Paute is about 30 minutes from Cuenca and Yunguilla is just over an hour away. You might just leave the rain behind.
- Visit Baños de Cuenca: When the water is warm (and wet) it doesn’t matter much if it is raining. Just a few minutes from the city center, you can visit either Piedra de Agua or Hosteria Duran.
- Go Silver Shopping in Chordeleg: Just a 40 minute bus ride from Cuenca is the silver center of Chordeleg. They use the filigree technique – and it is really impressive.
- Go Tile-Sliding at Parque Calderon: This is a new family favorite. When it rains, the tiled park gets surprising slippery. With a small runoff, you can easily slide 6-10 feet – maybe more. To us iced-up Canadians, it reminds us a lot of home. 🙂 Watch Dena enjoying the slippery tiles of Parque Calderon in the video below…
Rainy-Day Tile-Sliding at Cuenca’s Parque Calderon
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Have you tried this?
With a surprise rain storm just around every corner, don’t forget to bring your umbrella. Need a good one? Here are some of the best travel umbrellas.
What’s your favorite rainy day activity in Cuenca? Please share it in the comments below!